Stead out to prove worth
By Steve Bramley
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sheffield United's Jon Stead says he has taken the first steps to proving his doubters wrong.
Sheffield United's Jon Stead believes he has taken the first steps to proving his doubters wrong.
Stead scored his first goal for the Blades in their 2-0 Premiership win over Fulham on Tuesday.
The goal was only his second in the Premiership in his last 33 appearances, but the 22-year-old is confident it will be the first of many for the South Yorkshire outfit.
"I've a point to prove, I know that," said the former Sunderland striker.
"I know I progressed very quickly but then took backward steps - which nobody wants to do in their career - and that has been very frustrating.
"But this is a new lease of life for me, a time to progress again, and I feel I'm getting back to some of my best football.
"Now is the time to push on and improve even more."
The former Huddersfield and Blackburn striker admitted he was relieved when his 23rd minute effort struck the back of the net.
"When you join a new club you want to get off the mark as soon as possible," he said.
"Although I've been pleased with how I've played in the last three games, it was important to get that one in.
"I wanted to give the supporters confidence as well as for myself, to show I can score goals at this level.
"It's hard for a striker when you are not scoring. People start chipping in and telling you what you should be doing.
"It's a case of knuckling down and doing what you know got you the goals in the past."